Mr. Michael Pozniak has been teaching at Bishop McNamara High School for thirteen years. He currently serves as the Chair of the Social Studies Department and teaches the senior-level Global Studies course. During his time at BMHS, Mr. Pozniak has also taught Western Civilization and Contemporary American Politics, while organizing the school-wide mock presidential debates during the past two presidential election cycles. Prior to becoming an educator, he earned a B.A. from Penn State University and Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, working in the field of humanitarian aid and international development. He spent three years in Haiti managing education programs, and has done short-term assignments supporting education initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He also served on a working committee that established global standards for providing education to children in emergency situations. His travels have taken him to over 40 countries.
Mr. Pozniak has received the esteemed Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association in 2016. He was also awarded summer fellowships from the Japan-America Society (2014) and The Korea Society (2013) that have allowed him the opportunity to travel to Japan and Korea. He has also spent his summers as a consultant to international development agencies, teaching a course on International Politics and Human Rights with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, and participating in teacher seminars in Cambridge, England.